CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

January 11, 2018 11:05 am0 comments
CES 2018: Willow and Freemie breast pumps offer mums freedom

Two firms have launched portable pumps to help breastfeeding mums collect their milk on the move. Women who use breast pumps often apply them several times a day and for periods of about 20 minutes or more. However, generally they have to be plugged into a power socket and the […]

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MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

January 10, 2018 11:19 pm0 comments
MP calls for ban on high-caffeine energy drinks

Media playback is unsupported on your device An MP has called for a ban on high-caffeine energy drinks for under-16s, following the suicide of a 25-year-old constituent. Maria Caulfield raised the issue in Prime Minister’s Questions. She said Justin Bartholomew’s family were “convinced” his intake of more than 15 cans […]

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Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer's

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Pharma giant Pfizer pulls out of research into Alzheimer's

Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer’s Society called the news “disappointing” and a “heavy blow” […]

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Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

January 9, 2018 11:48 pm0 comments
Most people who try one cigarette become daily smokers, study says

At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study’s authors […]

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Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

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Once-a-week pill for HIV shows promise in animals

Human trials of a once-a-week oral pill for HIV could start, after successful tests in pigs, claim US scientists. The slow-release tablet could free patients from having to take daily medication, they say. It looks like a normal capsule, but on reaching the stomach its coating dissolves and a special […]

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Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression

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Singing 'speeds up' recovery from post-natal depression

Singing could help mothers recover from post-natal depression more quickly, a study suggests. Researchers found that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, looked […]

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Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

January 8, 2018 12:35 pm0 comments
Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk […]

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Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

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Heart attack care dangerously unequal for women, study finds

Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die from […]

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Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

January 6, 2018 1:47 am0 comments
Proton beam cancer treatment to start in Manchester in 2018

The first high-energy proton beam therapy centre run by the NHS is soon to open at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, allowing patients in the UK to access an important treatment for life-threatening cancers. Proton beam therapy is a highly advanced way of treating cancers without damaging tissues around the […]

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Breast size dissatisfaction 'affects self-examination'

January 5, 2018 2:16 am0 comments
Breast size dissatisfaction 'affects self-examination'

Women unhappy with their breast size are less likely to carry out regular self-examinations, a study suggests. The study, published in the journal Body Image, examined 384 British women. The research found these women were also less confident about their ability to detect a change in their breasts and slower […]

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